5/31/2021 6 Comments
Connections Created to Confirm My Course + Calling
Stuffed between school + other summer responsibilities were a few lonely weeks that I couldn’t stand to leave free — I saw that time as prime opportunity for me to go somewhere or serve somehow, so I reached out to my pastors at church to see if they could find anything for me in their plethora of connections… and long story short, I got confirmation about a week before leaving that I would be going to a church in Georgia for the month (note: if you remember my past blogs about Mexico, Denver, my desire for control, etc., then you know this going-blindly-without-expectations thing was a huge work God has done in my heart). Since I didn’t have set expectations for what I would be doing during my time there, I had no idea that God would use me in the ways that He did; teaching me more about myself, preparing me for my future, and challenging a well-established church to look at things from new perspectives for the furtherance of the Gospel + God’s Kingdom.
Upon my arrival + having initial conversations, I vaguely knew that I would be helping with the students ministry + discipleship, as well as with college + young adults outreach, VBS planning, and really whatever anyone else needed at any point. Also, in hindsight, MUCH of my time was spent meeting with people + building relationships or serving in mundane ways, that may not all be mentioned here. The Lord was seriously working in me during the past few weeks + that is evident in the short stories that I will recount below. One major realization that I had was the way God speaks to me through making connections. Ever since I started studying the Word for myself, I have said that “the coolest thing is making connections across the Bible” — whether it be specific phrasing, paralleled themes, or just the consistency of our God from Genesis to Revelation; I loved how it all connected! As I tell about the things that I have been doing + the takeaways that I have been learning, you will see how God used connections between random events, or conversations, or readings to bridge various pieces together. (Warning: if you CTRL+F the word “connections” it will probably show up 100+ times by the end of this blog 😉).
If you have stuck through this blog post this far, you deserve congratulations! and a thank you! If you can believe it, this is a teeny recount of just the highlighted connections in each of my days, which barely skims the surface of my full day’s events. Regardless of all of the words + details, what I hope you take away from this is how incredible God is — how He moves + speaks to + teaches + touches + sanctifies us.
All of these connections confirm my calling unto Him + counsel me in the course He has for me ahead.
5/31/2021 08:50:57 am
It's neat reading about all of the connections that God used while you were there serving in this church. It's amazing how God works in us and teaches us. Thank you for sharing some of the details of your time there. I love that you continue to make yourself available to serve God. I'm so proud of you and love you very much!
5/31/2021 11:17:56 am
I enjoy reading your practice of meditation on God's daily providences and how He answers your prayers - how He nourishes & prunes you by His Word.
5/31/2021 11:47:24 am
Thank you for this detailed summary of your time "on mission" in Georgia - and for your transparency. It was such a blessing to read about these connections and how God uses the Bible and the people that He places in your path to speak to you and help you grow in your faith. I will be praying for all the people that you mention by name - that our Father will continue the good work He started in them (Philippians 1:6) - and that they will persevere in Him until the end. I will be praying for this church (Matthew 5:14) - that they will continue with what God has called them to do in this community (and beyond!). And I will be praying for Bonnie and Adam. It was so nice to meet them and see their hearts for others and for our heavenly Father. May God continue to bless them! I thank God for how He has blessed you and is using you for your good - and the collective "good" of those He has appointed you to interact with and invest in their lives...all for His glory. Thanks for sharing all of this with us! I love you very much, and I'm so proud of you!
6/1/2021 12:02:22 am
Fear is a very powerful emotion that leaves most people paralyzed and powerless. Human beings can be controlled very easily by fearful means, which is why enemies, countries, governments, those in authority, and evil itself (Satan and his minions) capitalize on it for their gain and agendas to control. Jesus knew that fear is so powerful and common in human beings. This is why we are referred to as "sheep"...very fearful animals and vulnerable to almost everything. Sheep are naive, gullible, and easily fooled/tricked. For that reason He had to constantly state, "Do not fear." We have to use discernment and put our trust in Him for the only outcome that matters. We trust in His providence and then boldly face those fears.
Pappaw and Meemaw Watson
6/3/2021 07:51:05 pm
I kept reading your blog, rejoicing in the content of it and absolutely saying a hearty "Amen" to all of the previous comments from family. Oh my beloved Kristen, how I thank God with you for your "hearing" God's call to this almost month long mission trip to Jonesboro, GA! I was reminded of Isaiah when God called him to labor and be a messenger to His people (Isa.6:8-13) with Isaiah making himself available by saying "yes, send me"! You responded likewise with your servant heart and love of God, His people and those who are not His children. I "saw" a lot of P's at work on this mission. What a blessing to see how important PRAYER was throughout your mission, your PLANS, His PURPOSES, His PATHWAYS destined for you, the PEOPLE in and out of the church with their different PLACES and POSITIONS in life and ministry were impacted by your willingness to be available for His service with your gifts, time, expertise in nutrition and being a certified health coach and diligent endeavors. I especially loved and was impressed with your highlighted insights that God was teaching you along the way of your 18 days of ministry. I also will pray that there will be someone as Apollos (Acts. 18:24-25, I Cor. 3:6) to come along and nurture, "water" what you have sown in the seeds of your ministry there with Charissa, Amy, Gabby, Blakeney, Cheyannah and others with whom you were intentionally mission minded (eg.Coffee with a Cop, Farmer's Market, Atlantic Station, Fig Tree Cafe, One Way, Chick-Fil-A, favor from God of meeting the woman heading up the pending health fair for the Jonesboro community, and certainly encouragement and the wonderful prayer time of tears and supplication/petition shared with Pastor Tee for more opportunities that FBJ members and leadership to more actively and aggressively pursue "squawking" for the Lord! That was a great way that dear Bonnie observed and shared! And what a joy and blessing Bonnie and Adam that God has granted them favor in Jonesboro to have many great community contacts in the private and business sectors of Jonesbor0. When we came with your parents we were delighted getting to meet and have the rich fellowship with them in their lovely and welcoming home where you could sense the sweet presence and peace of the Lord. I am extremely grateful that the Holy Spirit, faithful prayers of loved ones and the Word guided you in Nehemiah, I Cor. 3:16-17, I Tim. 4:4 and Luke 10: 30-37 to have wisdom and needed timing with the applied truth of His Word in the different situations which you were entailed. As always, it is a real pleasure to "travel" vicariously and in retrospect your mission minded adventures that are really appointment from our Heavenly Father. We love you very much, take godly pride in your accomplishments for His glory and honor and give our Lord due thanks for the blessing of you in our prayers (Philippians 1:3.
6/7/2021 09:19:47 am
I am continually impressed and awed by you! I find myself opening up the Bible and reading the passages in order to better connect with your experiences and find it amazing!
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